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Birth name Joe Christie
Also known as Joey Brains
Brando Flux
Genres British hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, record producer
Years active 1990[1] - 2008[2]
Labels Low Life

Braintax was a British hip hop artist and producer. Joe Christie had also recorded or appeared under the pseudonyms Brando Flux and Joey Brains. All of his releases were on his own record label, Low Life Records.

Originally Braintax was a duo, consisting of Christie and DJ Test, who also contributed vocals and production. Test departed following the 1997 release of the Future Years EP and Christie retained the Braintax name; it has since become synonymous with him as a solo artist.[3] On the track "Monsoon Funk" on Panorama, Christie explained Braintax means "we can all get busy if we use our brains." Braintax's lyrics have made multiple references to spirituality, healthy eating, the state of hip hop music, environmentalism, and politics. On Mr. Scruff's 2002 album Trouser Jazz, Braintax was featured on the song "Vibrate".

In 2008 Braintax suddenly announced his retirement with the release of his final album titled My Last And Best Album and also the end of Low Life Records.[2]



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Fat Head EP (1992)[8]
  • Future Years EP (1997)
  • The Travel Show EP (1999)
  • Hard Working EP (2000)
  • Don't Drag Me In (2001)
  • Riviera Hustle (2002)
  • Godnose (2002)
  • Chapter Seven - Verse Two EP "Out the Bunker" (2003)
  • D90 Rules (2006)
  • Run the Yards (2006)
  • Syriana Style (2006)


  1. ^ Mike Ellis (27 November 2008). "Interview: Mr Scruff Quirky hip-hop legend takes time out to chat to Mike Ellis". Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Last Braintax Interview on
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  4. ^ "Birofunk - Braintax". The Wire. 2002. p. 23. 
  5. ^ "Braintax - Biro Funk". Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Arts Diary". New Statesman. 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Review of Braintax - Panorama". BBC. 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Braintax at Low Life Records". Archived from the original on 2008-02-10. 

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